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Outdoor Landscaping Lighting - Ideas For Security And Leisure

May 3, 2008
Outdoor landscaping lighting can serve a few purposes for the homeowner. The first is to improve the appearance of the home and garden. The second is to provide security during the hours of darkness. The third is to give your family access to the garden at night time for recreational activities such as barbecues, parties or anything else that they may want to do outside. This article will cover the types of outdoor landscape lighting available for these purposes.

I think most outdoor landscape lighting is initially installed for safety and security. This is primarily because the location of the lights is obvious. So, for instance lighting above the garage or carport is useful when you return from work at the end of the day. It can also be placed alongside paths and driveways so that you don't trip over the hosepipe or the toddlers toys. It can be placed around the perimeter of a pool to warn people not to fall in. It can be located in dark areas of the property that thieves might consider a perfect opportunity to break into your home.

Solar outdoor lighting is ideal for many of these purposes. Solar outdoor lighting has two main benefits. It is can be located virtually anywhere and is easy to install. Solar lighting does not rely on any electricity cables to connect it to a power source. Many solar systems store power from the sun during the day in a DC battery. This is used to power the light filament during the night. Many of these systems have a light sensor that activates or deactivates the light based on the brightness of the immediate location. In most cases this means the lights will come on at dusk and go off at dawn.

Apart from the practical nature of outdoor landscaping lights there should also be an indulgent side to them. You want to make your garden look stunning at night. This will evolve over time as you start to figure out what you are really proud of in your garden. Maybe you have a pond and fountain feature that you want to be lit up during the night. Or maybe you have some exotically colored plants that you want to show off.

There are many different types of lighting that can fit into these roles. For back lighting of plants and garden features, you want a system that will throw light out and thus illuminate the shapes and colors of your garden. For lighting around the patio or decks, you probably want a design that matches the existing style. You also want to make sure that the lighting is powerful enough to illuminate the whole area.

For one off events, like a birthday party, you may want to think about temporary lights. These can be used to decorate trees and create a firefly effect in the garden. You can also get lighting that also acts as a repellent for insects. Again this is important if you are spending any time outside at night. Many of these lighting systems are relatively inexpensive so you can play around with the designs and colors until you get the right look for your garden or entertainment area.
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